Partner of Terence Neild pays poignant tribute to 'much loved father' at inquest

A ‘much loved’ father died after his motorbike collided with a lorry as he travelled to work, an inquest heard. Terence Neild, 30, of Brock Street, was a leading member of Macclesfield Harriers Athletic Club and also strived to ‘put back’ into the community by being a special constable, the hearing at Macclesfield Town Hall was told. Mr Neild, known as Terry, was involved in the collision with a HGV at the ‘Flower Pot crossroads’ junction on Congleton Road.

The lorry was en route to a delivery at the Wickes store in Macclesfield.

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The hearing was told that the engineer died after colliding with the lorry and losing his helmet shortly after 7.30am on October 25, 2018. Mr Neild’s partner Emma Mason gave evidence in which she described him as a careful and extremely safety-conscious motorcyclist who had held a bike licence since the age of 17. She said: “He was a stickler for wearing the right gear and when riding always anticipated the risks from other road users.”

She paid tribute to Mr Neild and his ‘thirst for adventure’. She said: “Nothing gave him more pleasure than running around the fells surrounding his home town of Macclesfield. He spent seven years as a member of Macclesfield Harriers, he marshalled events and encouraged everyone there, especially children.

“He always had a smile on his face and would never put himself first.

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“We had 12 years together and if I knew now how it would end I would do it all again.” The court heard from the driver of the 48-tonne truck, Andrzej Kedziora, who has held a heavy goods licence for 10 years and had begun work at around 4am that morning from a depot near Northampton. He said the Macclesfield store was his first drop off and that he was on time for the delivery.

He said he had entered the junction from Congleton Road and began to turn right on to Park Lane before seeing a motorbike approaching ‘maybe a second before’ impact. The court heard that alcohol and drugs readings for both Mr Neild and Mr Kedziora were negative. There were no mechanical faults which could have contributed.

Forensic collision investigator Pc Kevin Sweeney told the inquest he believed the lorry entered the junction approximately 4.3 seconds after the right turn filter light was extinguished. He said readings of the tacograph of the lorry showed it was travelling at around 18mph, slowing to around 8mph after suddenly braking a second before impact.

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He added that he believed Mr Neild’s 750cc Honda bike accelerated to around 30mph shortly after the lights went green at the Oxford Road side of the junction where he was at the front of a queue of traffic. Coroner Heath Westerman recorded a conclusion that Mr Neild died as a result of a road traffic collision.

Cheshire Police confirmed they will take no further action.

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